THERE WILL BE CONSEQUENCES FOR OUR ACTIONS! by Earl Sutton

 

In 1996 a grain ship, “Bright Field,” was heading down the Mississippi River near New Orleans, when it lost control, veered toward the shore and crashed into a riverside shopping mall. The impact demolished parts of the wharf and injured 116 people. According to the Coast Guard investigation, the ship’s owner and crew had failed to repair long-standing engine problems. This is a clear example of not doing what you should do and receiving the consequences of bad decisions.

            The Devil deceived Eve into thinking that there would be no consequences for eating the forbidden fruit (Gen. 3:1-7). God said, “But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, ye shall not eat of it lest ye die” (v.3) The Devil said, “Ye shall not surely die.” (v.4) Eve dilly-dallied with the temptation and contemplated the possibilities that the Devil had suggested and threw away all restrain and ate the fruit!  Why?  The Devil deceived her into thinking that there would be no consequences for sin.

            The Devil continues to lie to us today and tells our society that a little sin won’t hurt, a little indulgence is not a problem, a little transgression will never hurt anybody! The Devil tells us that we are only human and go ahead and enjoy sin. The Bible says, “The way of the transgressor is hard.” ( Prov. 13:15)

            Our society believes that it can live in disobedience to God’s will by practicing homosexuality and never suffer the consequences. The scriptures teach that there will be consequences for our actions. “Be not deceived: God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth unto his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption: but he that soweth unto the spirit shall of the spirit reap eternal life.” (Gal. 6:7-8) This basic principle applies to the physical world and spiritual realm as well. The word, “mocked” is a Greek word (mukterizete:) which means to turn one’s nose up at God. The point is that if a person sows to the flesh (homosexuality and sinful living) and turns up his nose at God, he shall go the way of all flesh, -- die and face the judgment of God where there will be consequences. (reap destruction – Gal. 6:8)

The scriptures emphasize the consequences of sin in other verses. Ezekiel said, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.” (Ez. 18:4) Paul said, “The wages of sin is death.” (Rom. 6:23)  Over and over, again and again, the Bible under all circumstances, emphasizes that we reap what we sow and that sin is always followed by consequences.

            There is rebellion in the hearts and in the behavior of many people in our society today. In view of the fact that sin will always have consequences, what can we predict for the future? According to the basic law of sowing and reaping, the answer can best be given in the words of the prophet Hosea, “They sow the wind and they shall reap the whirlwind.” (Hos. 8:7) There is one time of sowing (while alive), and there will be two times of reaping. We reap in this life and also reap beyond this life in the hereafter. Sin brings forth its consequences both here and hereafter.

            People may do things without realizing the consequences of their actions, but one day there is going to be an accounting! (Rev. 21:8)                                                                                                                                                                                           

A MANMADE TROJAN HORSE by Earl Sutton

 

The manmade trojan horse in the Lord’s church today is a revolt to throw off biblical authority and follow a so-called new Hermeneutic (refers to science of understanding and interpreting scriptures). Hermeneutic is written using human opinion.

          This teaching is based upon the false belief that the New Testament was not complete until the fourth century. The so-called scholars claim that there is no pattern for the church. They deny that we are to follow commands, examples and inference in the New Testament. They attack the Bible as being an imperfect book and foolishly argue that the scriptures must be approached in a new way.

          This new hermeneutics assumes that the method of interpretation used by brethren in previous years was inadequate and inaccurate. This new hermeneutics is seriously flawed and is an argument based upon ignorance of God’s word. It is crystal clear that the early saints did have a pattern for the church as revealed in         Acts 2:42-47.  “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” This shows that the church was one body of believers united together and remaining faithful in four basic items.

          First, Apostles’ doctrine --  They accepted the apostles’ teaching as authority and so must Christians today. When the church was established, it was not immediately handed a manual of instructions. The last book of the New Testament was not completed until about 60 years later. God initially instructed the apostles to teach members of the church personally being guided by the Holy Spirit on what to believe and what to do. The Apostles received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and Jesus charged them that after people were baptized that they were to teach them to observe all He had commanded (Matt. 28:19-20).

          Second, New Christians continually devoted themselves to fellowship. The Greek word, Koinonia, root meaning is to have in common. This fellowship was the joint participation of study and worship.

          Third, Those new Christians devoted themselves to breaking of bread. This refers to the Lord’s Supper every first day of the week  (Acts 20:7). Jesus commanded we partake of the unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine (I Cor. 11:23-26).

          Fourth, The final item mentioned is prayer. This was a daily part of their lives and as a group when they met together. It is completely ridiculous to claim that one using commands, examples, and inferences ignore the culture, context, history and grammar of the New Testament.

          In determining what the scripture authorize, there are three avenues: (1) There are direct commands such as Acts 2:38 which exemplify this. There are many other commands which give us clear-cut, unequivocal evidence of what God expects us to do. (2) There are approved apostolic examples. The missionary journeys which were made by the Apostle Paul clearly shows no establishment of a missionary society to carry out mission programs of the early church. (3) Now let’s look at necessary inference. Eating of the Lord’s Supper was on each first day of the week, not semi-annually (Acts 20:7). The false teaching of new hermeneutics is that it must be historical, contextually, grammatically are all met with understanding of Biblical Greek.

          The nail in the coffin of this manmade Trojan horse is that the Holy Spirit guided the church before they possessed the entire New Testament in the age of miracles. This effort to throw off Biblical authority is fashioned after a human desire and presumptuous sins (II John 2:9-11).